Was Beadle about? No, but from next autumn, Teachers' TV could be. The Government-funded digital service will be trawling the nation for England's funniest teacher, alongside other gimmicky programme ideas derived from reality TV (see page 6).
If bells and whistles are needed to sell learning to children, perhaps the same is true for teachers. Will it work? From now on, ministers won't be worrying about whether children are watching too much television, but about whether teachers are watching enough.